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The three largest ancestries in the Gunnedah Shire in 2016 were Australian, English and Irish.

Ancestry defines the cultural association and ethnic background of an individual going back three generations. Ancestry is a good measure of the total size of cultural groups in the Gunnedah Shire regardless of where they were born or what language they speak.

Ancestry data, should be combined with data on Birthplace, Language Spoken at Home and Religion for a more complete picture of the Gunnedah Shire's ethnic characteristics.

Please note that the "Australian Aboriginal" and "Torres Strait Islander" categories in this topic are not considered to be a reliable estimate of the indigenous peoples of Australia. For information on this group, please use the "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population" found on the Population page.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Australian
6,26051.342.55,83448.343.1+426
English
4,59637.740.84,76239.440.4-166
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,35911.112.31,36111.311.7-2
map this data in atlas.idScottish1,1699.610.51,1959.910.0-26
German
5624.64.35064.24.2+56
Inadequately Described
1331.10.3190.20.2+114
Australian Aboriginal
1241.00.8500.40.6+74
Italian
1140.92.6890.72.5+25
Dutch
1080.91.3800.71.3+28
Chinese
950.81.0910.80.8+4
Filipino
550.50.6290.20.4+26
French
490.40.5370.30.4+12
Welsh
490.40.7500.40.7-1
New Zealander
480.40.6520.40.6-4
Maori
390.30.3400.30.3-1
South African
380.30.2140.10.2+24
Greek
360.30.6300.20.6+6
Danish
260.20.2220.20.2+4
Maltese
250.20.5240.20.4+1
Polish
240.20.6150.10.5+9
Indian
210.20.7150.10.4+6
Spanish
200.20.3220.20.3-2
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Not stated9778.07.61,0278.56.7-50

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2016
Ancestry, 2016 Australian, Regional NSW: 42.5% English, Regional NSW: 40.8% Irish, Regional NSW: 12.3% Scottish, Regional NSW: 10.5% German, Regional NSW: 4.3% Inadequately Described, Regional NSW: 0.3% Australian Aboriginal, Regional NSW: 0.8% Italian, Regional NSW: 2.6% Dutch, Regional NSW: 1.3% Chinese, Regional NSW: 1.0% Australian, Gunnedah Shire: 51.3% English, Gunnedah Shire: 37.7% Irish, Gunnedah Shire: 11.1% Scottish, Gunnedah Shire: 9.6% German, Gunnedah Shire: 4.6% Inadequately Described, Gunnedah Shire: 1.1% Australian Aboriginal, Gunnedah Shire: 1.0% Italian, Gunnedah Shire: 0.9% Dutch, Gunnedah Shire: 0.9% Chinese, Gunnedah Shire: 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016 Australian, Gunnedah Shire: +426 English, Gunnedah Shire: -166 Irish, Gunnedah Shire: -2 Scottish, Gunnedah Shire: -26 German, Gunnedah Shire: +56 Inadequately Described, Gunnedah Shire: +114 Australian Aboriginal, Gunnedah Shire: +74 Italian, Gunnedah Shire: +25 Dutch, Gunnedah Shire: +28 Chinese, Gunnedah Shire: +4
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the ancestry responses of the population in Gunnedah Shire in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (6,260 people or 51.3%)
  • English (4,596 people or 37.7%)
  • Irish (1,359 people or 11.1%)
  • Scottish (1,169 people or 9.6%)
  • German (562 people or 4.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 13,946 responses in total, or 114.26% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the Gunnedah Shire and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (51.3% compared to 42.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (37.7% compared to 40.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (0.9% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (11.1% compared to 12.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Australian (+426 persons)
  • English (-166 persons)
  • Inadequately Described (+114 persons)
  • Australian Aboriginal (+74 persons)

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